Photographer Ivar Wigan rose to the surface in 2015 with an exhibition of his series The Gods. The series, shot between 2010 and 2012, documented the seamier sides of Miami, Atlanta and New Orleans, crucibles of trap culture, the clubs which birthed strip club superstars. Far from a voyeur, Ivar spent two months building relationships from the inside before he would take the pictures which positioned his subjects as the “gods” of their respective scenes.
The series earned the Scottish-born photographer comparisons to Nan Goldin, and January this year, Ivar collaborated with stylist Matthew Josephs in London to shoot a cast scouted via Instagram. The series featured one character in particular: dj, stylist and Next special bookings model Zaina, sometimes better known by her Instagram handle Larry David 420.
“We met last year in London,” Ivar explains. “We are a unit, live together and collaborate creatively on various things. We worked together in Jamaica, Los Angeles and Paris this year on certain bodies of work that I am developing as an artist." Lately, Ivar’s Instagram account has become something of a shrine to Zaina. "We are currently working together on the picture series that has caught your eye as an art book publication and there will be an exhibition of the images next year.” Watch this space.
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